In a stunning turn of events, President Joe Biden secured victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary through an unconventional write-in effort, despite abstaining from any formal campaigning or ballot appearance in the state. The largely symbolic triumph solidifies Biden’s grip on the Democratic nomination for a second term, overshadowing two longshot challengers, Rep. Dean Phillips and self-help author Marianne Williamson.

The New Hampshire race, although not contributing to delegate allocation due to rule violations, showcased Biden’s resilience after his advocacy for a primary calendar revamp was rejected by state Democrats. Despite championing South Carolina’s early prominence in the Democratic race, Biden’s decision to forgo campaigning in New Hampshire did not deter his supporters.

Biden’s allies mobilized hundreds of volunteers, aided by a super PAC, urging New Hampshire Democrats to write in the president’s name. Expressing gratitude for this “historic demonstration of commitment to our democratic process,” Biden called on independent and anti-Trump Republicans to join his campaign, emphasizing shared values of democracy, personal freedoms, and a fair economy.

Amid the Democratic contest, the Republican primary took center stage as former President Donald Trump secured another victory, asserting control over the nomination against his sole remaining challenger, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. New Hampshire’s unique system allowing unaffiliated voters to participate in either party’s primary added an intriguing element to the unfolding political drama.

Biden’s unexpected triumph in New Hampshire highlights the evolving dynamics of political engagement and underscores the potency of grassroots efforts in shaping the electoral landscape.